Dark kiss (Nightwatchers,1)
by Michelle Rowen
Published:May 22nd 2012
Pages: 352 pages
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Age group: Young adult
I don't do dangerous.
Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back.
Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me....
When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...
When I first saw this book I was not fond of the cover,though it did intrigue me so I read the description on the back and I decided to read it. And im glad I did. Also the cover has kind of grown on me since reading the book.(though there's still some aspects im not fond of but this is not a cover review its a book review).
The book is about a girl named Samantha a seemingly ordinary high school student that gets a kiss from her longtime crush.And that kiss starts a whole story full of twists and turns.I thought this book was good it had a good beginning and the action and supernatural things started happening early, by page 17 and it kept up throughout the book without making it feel rushed or it being too much just the perfect amount of magic, action,romance and normal school life.
With the story`s plot line and the kind of foe Samantha is facing it can get a bit weird at parts with the social interactions (I do not want to give anything away so i`ll leave it at that) But as the book goes on you kind of get used to it in a way,and when you do you get to thinking that though a bit weird, its an interesting twist to an angel and demon story (that im seeing alot of lately in YA books ) and it also makes the main character more cautious.Also what the foe is after is also interesting and always keeps you guessing at some point I thought the foe/the villain wanted to kill the main character, then I thought she actually wanted to help her, at some point I thought she was nice and at one point I thought she was evil.The villain called Natalie always had you second guessing things with what she would say,right up to the very end. I though it was interesting that the villain could be perceived more than one way and even in the end your still not sure of her motives.She was an interesting character.
That brings me to another point The characters.I thought most characters where really good like Kraven and Bishop they had a good back story full of secrets, and they had deph to them.One thing that I disliked was one or two decisions made by the main character Samantha for example:
(warning minor spoilers ahead in italic)
after meeting and then realizing how dangerous a certain person is she leaves her best friend in the same building as that person while knowing her friend is angry at this said dangerous person and also knowing this dangerous person is angry at her. What could go wrong?
But honestly there was only one or two of those ``don't open the door moments``( as in scary movies where you know something bad is gonna happen if he or she opens the door and he or she is clueless and does it anyway) Saying that those moments did not in the least stop me from enjoying the book.Thinking about it now ,these moments may have made it a bit more intense since there were so few of them, it made you keep reading to see if you where right.
Now onto the romance,the romance was pretty good but the author did not go too in depths with it.Though at the end they do have a strong loving each other thing going on. It did happen a bit suddenly, by that I mean that there love for each other at the end was escalating in big bounds, though I didn`t really realize that fact when I was reading the scenes only after.They are a good couple and they literally need each other to live,but also can`t be together, so I have a feeling there might be some more romance in the sequel to Dark kiss named Wicked kiss .
So to sum it up this is a great read lots of supernatural,and mystery.It kept me thoroughly entertained and wanting to find out what happens next.
Afterthought I have also read the demon princess series by Michelle Rowen (a little while ago) and its another great series.Click Here for the summary on Michelle Rowen`s site and a look at the first chapter,
- Interesting concept on the popular theme of Angels and Demons.
- Good romance where the characters are dependent on each other. But the romance could have been more developed.
- Characters where well executed and many had some deph to them.
- Good ending, making you want to read the sequel
- Good villain that kept you guessing
- Good pace
And I will leave you with quotes from the book :) :
“Did you follow me here?"
"Something like that."
I let out a frustrated groan. "Can't anyone just talk to me straight? Why is everyone avoiding my damn questions tonight?"
Bishop's brows went up. "Okay, fine. Yes, I followed you here. Better?"
"Yes. Stalkery, but better."
"I'm not stalking you."
"Spoken like a true stalker”
- Michelle Rowen ,Dark kiss
“Need some help?' he asked.
'Yes!' I yelled at him 'Help us!'
'What's the magic word?'
- Michelle Rowen ,Dark kiss